University of Regina education student to be joined by her service dog for her internship

Erin Strueby will begin her teaching internship at Milestone school Monday morning with her psychiatric service dog Stella.

This comes after she was turned away from a Regina school division after refusing to provide documentation Strueby does not legally have to provide.

She said she has no hard feelings towards the school division that didn’t allow Stella to join her.

“I’d like to think of it as more like a learning opportunity, I don’t want to say bad things about the school system at all,” Strueby said. “It’s just more (about) people don’t know what they’re talking about quite yet and it’s 2019, and so it’s something that we need to bring awareness to and that’s just what I’m trying to do.”

Strueby said she was quite upset when she was told she couldn’t intern at the school.

“I didn’t really know what to do so I kind of just worked with the U of R  and they found me a new placement that way,” Strueby said. “It’s something I’ve never really had happen before, so I wasn’t expecting it.”

She said she has not heard from the school board on this matter.

“I’m no longer in contact with them, so it’s kind of my professors at the U of R that is handling the situation.”

Strueby adds she’s just trying to move passed this experience and complete her internship, as she is already a week behind.

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